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Waratahs seal Vickerman deal Rossi to reveal ride

RUGBY UNION: Australia have lured lock Dan Vickerman back from Europe to bolster their forward line in time for next year's World Cup in New Zealand.

Vickerman, who left Australia in 2008 to study at Cambridge University, has signed a contract with the NSW Waratahs and the Australian Rugby Union from next June to the end of 2013.

He is expected to return for the Waratahs in the latter stages of next year's Super 15 competition after finishing his studies in Britain.

"Dan will have to earn his place, as any player does, but his return to Australia is great news for the game and the Wallabies," Australia coach Robbie Deans said.

The South Africa-born 31-year-old was a member of Australia's 2003 and 2007 World Cup sides and last appeared for the Wallabies in their 27-15 win over South Africa in Durban in 2008.

Meanwhile, South African Francois Steyn has been ruled out of next week's Tri Nations encounter against New Zealand in Johannesburg due to injury.

The Racing Metro full-back, one of three players added to an expanded Springbok squad for the home leg of the competition, has been advised not to train until next Wednesday.

A FREE family fun day will take place this Sunday at Balbriggan RFC (1pm-6pm). Great enjoyment is anticipated with a large number of events and activities, such as bouncy castles (four castles for different ages), sumo ring, gladiator ring, slides, races, and mini exhibition games.



Rossi to reveal ride

MOTORSPORT: Valentino Rossi has confirmed he will reveal who he will ride for next season after the conclusion of the Czech Grand Prix on Sunday.

The nine-time world champion is expected to leave Yamaha and become a Ducati rider for next season. And Rossi will put an end to speculation at Brno.

"Sunday, after the race you will know what I will do in 2011," he said before joking: "if I was Yamaha, I would give me a trial, we'll see.

"In any case it will be important to see what will happen in the race at Brno."

Rossi made a remarkable return to the MotoGP World Championship at the German Grand Prix last month.

The 31-year-old Italian finished an incredible fourth at the twisty Sachsenring circuit just six weeks after suffering an horrific compound fracture of his right shin during practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

MLB: NY Mets 4 Colorado 0, Toronto 6 Boston 5, Milwaukee 8 Arizona 4, San Francisco 8 Chicago Cubs 7, San Diego 3 Pittsburgh 0, Cleveland 4 Baltimore 1, Philadelphia 10 LA Dodgers 9, Chicago White Sox 1 Minnesota 6, Kansas City 3 NY Yankees 4.


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